MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Two officers are injured, including a K9 officer, after a police chase that stretched about 40 miles Sunday afternoon, ending in a deadly shootout in Isanti County.
Blaine police say officers first responded to a report of a shoplifting at a Kohl’s just before 1 p.m. Officers soon located the suspects in a stolen car. They drove off, then carjacked another driver at gunpoint and fled in that vehicle north on Highway 65.
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The officers pursued the suspects for almost 40 minutes, when the chase ended on the highway north of Braham. Police says the suspects fled the vehicle, and shots were fired. One of the suspects was shot dead, while an Anoka police K9 officer was struck by gunfire. The dog underwent emergency surgery, and his condition has not been released.
A look at the stolen vehicle the suspects were in (pickup with doors open) pic.twitter.com/hiiOGYGmKJ
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The surviving suspect wasn’t hurt, and they were taken into custody. A Blaine officer also suffered minor injuries in the ordeal. Police say at least one gun was recovered at the scene.
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A stretch of Hwy. 65 is closed in both directions between Hwy. 107 and Andree Drive Northeast. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says it is leading the investigation.